Melissa Notteboom (42) and Jelle Van Coillie put their heart and soul into their restaurant Woest. By serving their dishes on a bed of sustainable stories, they want to be more than just a place to eat. A conversation about investing in people, happy plants and love as the secret ingredient.
A frisbee. That’s what brought the couple of entrepreneurs together. “Jelle is friend of my husband’s. They were in the scouts (youth organisation) together and played in the same frisbee club in Bruges. When they went to university in Ghent, they founded the club Gentle Ultimate. The frisbee is the cradle of so much fun. Our children are also members, as are half of our staff. (Laughs) You see, Jelle and I have always dreamt of owning a restaurant, even though neither of us had a background in the catering industry. When we started talking about it, it turned out that our visions were very similar. So, together we created Woest.